(WINDSOR, ON) – Representatives of Best Bar None were in town yesterday to provide more information on a program designed to foster operational excellence at tourism and hospitality facilities which offer spirits. Last summer, the Caesars Windsor club, Ariius, was the first in the province, outside of Toronto and Ottawa, to achieve Provincial Accreditation and the right to display the Best Bar None designation.
Launched as completely voluntary and industry-led by the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association, the program recognizes excellence in operational standards and service. One key focus is to reward best-in-class accreditation to responsible liquor sales licensees and encourage others to improve their operations.
ORHMA would like to see its BBN accreditation become a publicly recognized identification of venues with the highest standards of service.
It is new in the province. It began offering accreditation solely for liquor licensees in downtown Toronto in 2012. A year later it expanded to Ottawa’s ByWard Market area and since then has only moved on to Windsor.
This made Ariius the first hospitality operation outside of Toronto and Ottawa to achieve accreditation.
Behind the program is a mechanism, through accreditation, to drive industry compliance through collaboration with various stakeholders including the AGCO, LCBO, and MADD. To qualify, candidates must maintain the highest standards for their customers and staff, manage their sale and service of alcohol responsibly, and have good relationships with the community and hospitality industry.
Best Bar None hopes to accredit other licensed establishments in Windsor.